NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, October 16th (All times eastern)
Calgary Flames (2-2-1) at Colorado Avalanche (3-2-0), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Calgary Flames will aim for their third consecutive victory this evening, when they visit the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center.
The Flames began this season with three straight losses, but have posted back- to-back wins in Dallas and Nashville to improve their season record to 2-2-1.
After notching an overtime victory in Dallas on Friday, the Flames came back with a decisive win in Nashville the following night. Jarome Iginla had a goal and an assist as Calgary scored three third-period goals to notch a 7-4 triumph over the Predators.
Kristian Huselius also scored twice while Daymond Langkow added a goal and a pair of assists for the Flames. Netminder Miikka Kiprusoff ended with 21 saves.
The Flames are closing out a four-game road trip tonight and will begin a seven-game homestand Thursday evening against Los Angeles. The stretch at the Saddledome will be Calgary's longest homestand of the season.
Colorado is 3-2 on the season and has alternated wins and losses since beating Dallas to open the season on October 3.
The Avs are coming off Saturday's easy home win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Joe Sakic notched the 15th hat trick of his career and Colorado skated to the 5-1 decision at the Pepsi Center.
The 38-year-old Sakic has recorded four goals and one assist in five games this season -- his 19th year in the NHL. The Avs captain is eighth on the league's all-time list with 1,594 points.
Milan Hejduk scored twice for the Avalanche, while Andrew Burnette and Wojtek Wolski both notched a pair of assists. Peter Budaj blocked 24 Columbus shots to improve to 3-1 on the season.
Colorado defenseman Jordan Leopold has missed the last two games with a hip injury and is questionable for tonight's contest. The former Flame has played in just 18 games with the Avs since coming over in a trade with Calgary following the 2005-06 season. Last year, Leopold played in just 15 games while battling various injuries throughout the season.
After completing a brief two-game homestand tonight, the Avalanche will begin a four-game road trip Friday night in Chicago.
Colorado posted a 5-3 record against the Flames last season and has taken four straight and five of the last six games in this series. Calgary has also dropped three straight, five of six and six of its last eight contests in Denver.
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